Thrillist, an online media website under Group Nine Media, covers food, drink, travel and entertainment through cities in the United States, Canada and Europe. The media source ranked the top parks around America and New Orleans’ City Park made the list.
City Park is well known and one of the oldest urban parks in the United States. The park sits on 1,300 acres and has been a big part of the city since 1854. Generations have been coming to the park and enjoying concerts, dances and “affaires d’honneur” (gentlemanly duels). As the park’s website describes, Today’s park is home to ancient oaks, modern art and everything in between. Drop by to discover the beauty of a live performance, 160 years in the making.
The park was chosen because of all it has to offer. Among them are Storyland, Carousel Gardens, the Botanical Gardens and the New Orleans Museum of Art. There are many family-friendly events and activities that take place throughout the year. In fact, this summer the park opened the Louisiana Children’s Museum and added 6 acres to the NOMA Sculpture Garden.
Plenty of beautiful scenery is throughout the southern park. It is home to the world’s largest population of live oak trees. Many of these trees are from 750 – 900 years old. The trees are known for their unique shape and many of the trees have limbs that are twice as long as the tree is tall.
Other parks to make the list were from all across the country. The list included Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California, Falls Park in
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gas Works Park in Seattle, Washington, Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, Dolores Park in San Francisco, California, Theodore Wirth Regional Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC, The Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois, South Mountain Park Preserve in Phoenix, Arizona, Balboa Park in San Diego, California, Forest Park in Portland, Oregon, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, and Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California.
No wonder City Park was part of Thrillist’s 18 favorite parks. For New Orleans, the park is a great place for locals and tourists to gather and simply rest, mingle and play.
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